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The Beginning and End of RapeConfronting Sexual Violence in Native America$
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Sarah Deer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816696314

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816696314.001.0001

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Knowing through Numbers?

Knowing through Numbers?

The Benefits and Drawbacks of Data

(p.1) One Knowing through Numbers?
The Beginning and End of Rape

Sarah Deer

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter defines and describes the problem of rape in the lives of Native women. The often-repeated statistics reflect a grim reality that rape has become the “norm” in tribal communities. Yet skepticism about the accuracy and reliability of hard numbers has at times threatened to eclipse the larger concern about the harm rape does to tribal societies. This chapter argues that too much emphasis has been placed on “proving” a human rights crisis exists, and ignoring the fact that Native women have been documenting and explaining this crisis for generations. This chapter highlights the need for further research into violence against Native women.

Keywords:   rape, Native women, women, tribal communities, tribal societies, skepticism, human rights crisis, generations

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